The Mys­te­ri­ous Lalu Is­land

Vision Magazine - - Destinations -

There is a small, mys­te­ri­ous is­land at the junc­tion of the two lakes, Lalu Is­land. It is be­lieved that the lo­cal eth­nic mi­nor­ity Thao peo­ple who live on the is­land took up cul­ti­va­tion prac­tice many thou­sands of years ago, mark­ing Lalu Is­land as a sa­cred space. Vis­i­tors are not al­lowed to the is­land to en­sure this sa­cred space is pre­served. Many an­ces­tral rit­u­als are per­formed by the in­hab­i­tants of this is­land, which used to be called Guanghua Is­land. It was re­named in the tra­di­tional Thao lan­guage af­ter the 1999 earth­quake, when its spir­i­tual sig­nif­i­cance was once again rec­og­nized.

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